According to figures, there are millions of unused phones lying around in homes across the world. There were an estimated 70 million unused phones in the UK alone at the last count and with 62% of Americans confessing to owning two or more phones that they no longer use, this figure probably runs into billions. This seems a shocking waste of resources and money because there are ways to repair or recycle defective phones which are far more useful than simply leaving them to clutter the house. So what should we do about it?
Unique Ways to Repair or Recycle Defective Phones
First up, many phones can be repaired. A whole industry has sprung up in most areas repairing defective phones. Broken screens can be replaced and even smashed up phones can still work in some ways. Repairing the screen and restoring the phone into a reasonable condition gives you far more options than just leaving it unused in your drawer.
You can use defective phones like these around the house in a surprising number of ways such as a designated alarm clock, a music player, a radio, the phone you use to Skype on, or the phone that your kids can play on.
If you have children, your old device can be used as a perfectly adequate baby monitor. Your old phone may not be up to the latest spec, but it still can perform a variety of simple useful functions.
Selling Your Old Phone
If your phone is still fairly current, you can try selling it on eBay or any other retail site. As long as you have restored it back to factory settings and removed all your data from your SIM card, you are perfectly safe to cash it in. You might not get much for it but defective phones do sell. Many people make a business out of repairing and selling phones so this can be a surprisingly easy and effective option.
Some early cell phones are surprisingly collectable, so check out your model on eBay and you may find that it is actually worth something.
Phones that are out of date are always welcomed by charities. Donating your old device to a charity that provides phones to victims of domestic abuse or military personnel serving overseas, is a useful way of helping people. Some charities specialise in refurbishing defective phones for a range of people in need.
If defective phones are past all hope of ever using again, remember that your phone does contain small quantities of precious metals such silver gold, palladium, and copper. You can donate it to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so that these valuable resources can be used again.
According to the EPA, for every million of phones that are handed in for recycling, 35lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered. When you consider just how many defective phones there are, this seems a great way to clear clutter and to help the planet.